Journalist/writer/teaching abroad etcWatch
I think that most writers have an ordinary job and write in their spare time until they get something published. J K Rowling was an English teacher. You have to take a lot of rejection though, because most new authors find it difficult to get their first book published.
My Uncle is a journalist and he has a degree in law. He is a freelance writer which means he writes articles and sends them to lots of magazines. If they publish them, they pay him. It means he can work from home, but it can be a bit insecure because he never knows if this month all his articles will be accepted or all rejected. When he was starting out most of his stuff was rejected, so he worked as a cleaner at the BBC to make ends meet.
I think any work experience looks good.
id say an eng degree would probably leave much more options open for you, but if u want to do media then do that. deffinatley try and get some experiance somewhere within writing!
And I think it's good to have something a bit different on your CV, it gives employers something to think about.